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Sky Sends UK Wholesalers' Fiber-Filled Hearts Soaring
Alison Diana  
3/18/2019   Post a comment
Sky recently began exploring altnet wholesalers' high-speed, high-reliability network offerings, the next step in the Comcast-acquired provider's move to be more agile and customer-centric.
D3.1 Delivers the Gigs – but Does Anyone Want Them?
Alison Diana  
3/14/2019   Post a comment
MSOs now have widely deployed DOCSIS 3.1 across North America, yet only a small percentage of consumers have subscribed so far. Light Reading Cable/Video Practice Leader Alan Breznick asks if it was worth the investment during this CNG2019 panel.
Analytics Carve MSO Profit From Home WiFi
Alison Diana  
3/13/2019   Post a comment
Some consumers blame everything bad on WiFi, but analytics provide MSOs with insight that can prevent problems and improve the customer experience, said panelists here at CNG2019.
Wholesaler Group i3Forum Takes Disruptive Path to Partnership
Alison Diana  
3/12/2019   Post a comment
Saudi Telecom is the most recent international wholesaler to join the organization, which soon plans to release a platform that allows carriers to anonymously compare themselves to competitors.
Spectrum Enterprise Provides SD-WAN as a White-Glove Managed Service: Parimi
Alison Diana  
3/11/2019   3 comments
To encourage customer adoption and hide the sophistication and complexity of wide-area network technologies, Spectrum Enterprise deployed its SD-WAN offering as an end-to-end managed service.
Telia Carrier Automates Wavelength Calcs – for a While
Alison Diana  
3/8/2019   3 comments
Telia Carrier participated in a successful live-network trial of Infinera's autonomous intelligent transponder (AIT) technology on its 1,500km (932-mile) international network.
New Household Formation Fuels US Broadband Gains
Jeff Baumgartner  
3/7/2019   5 comments
Market share trends still help to paint the big picture, but new household formation accounted for 44% of all US broadband subscriber net adds in 2019, analyst says.
Facebook Makes Fast Friends With W.Va
Alison Diana  
3/5/2019   4 comments
Governor Jim Justice says Facebook's plan to deploy about 275 miles of high-speed fiber optic cable through West Virginia gives the state an opportunity to partner and reach unserved residents at a fraction of the regular cost.
O-RAN Alliance Gives PON Brigade a 5G Fronthaul Boost
Ray Le Maistre  
3/4/2019   1 comment
The likes of Adtran, Calix, Huawei and Nokia will be encouraged by the O-RAN Alliance's decision to give passive optical networking (PON) technologies the green light for fronthaul deployments.
Broadband Map Gets Open Sourced via App
Alison Diana  
3/4/2019   14 comments
With a little help from its friends, a group of county government professionals built a mobile app to create a true picture of US broadband speeds and availability, especially in underserved and unserved areas.
A Tale of Two Broadbands: Global Fiber Use Is Mixed
Alison’s Wonderland  
2/28/2019   8 comments
Nations' use of high-speed fiber accessed via fixed-broadband Internet grew to 25% versus 12%, OECD found, but there's huge disparity between countries.
5G Isn't Just for Mobile Operators: Ericsson
Alison Diana  
2/22/2019   43 comments
Whether they enter the wireless arena, focus on fiber for backhaul, form an IoT department or team up with mobile operators, fixed-access providers can play a big role in the next iteration of 5G IoT.
Verizon's NGPON2 Investment Starts to Pay Off
Alison Diana  
2/21/2019   19 comments
With its multi-year investment in next-generation PON beginning to show a return, Verizon's Intelligent Edge Network is now a reality, CEO Hans Vestberg told attendees of the Verizon 2019 Investor Meeting today.
DAA Upgrades Could Bring Boon to Cable Vendors
Jeff Baumgartner  
2/21/2019   3 comments
Sales of cable broadband access infrastructure will rise to $2 billion in 2023, Dell'Oro predicts in a new broadband access network spending forecast.
Gfast, Now With More Fiber
Lincoln Lavoie  
2/21/2019   12 comments
It still doesn't go well with milk but with the profile update to 212MHz, Gfast service offerings are a lot more aligned with fiber-only connections, writes UNH-IOL's Lincoln Lavoie.
US Digital Divide Shrinks a Lot, Says FCC – Really, Though?
Alison Diana  
2/20/2019   30 comments
In just 12 months, there's been more than a 25% decrease in the digital divide population, according to the Federal Communications Commission. But is that really true?
Under the Hood of Telefónica's Optical Transport Disaggregation Project
Niall Hunt  
2/20/2019   5 comments
Juan Pedro Fernandez-Palacios, head of Transport Technology and Planning at Telefónica GCTIO, discusses the benefits of disaggregation in a broadband-hungry world.
How Next-Gen Optical Networks Support 5G
Niall Hunt  
2/19/2019   5 comments
Disaggregration and standardization help optical network vendors advance their technologies while keeping costs in check – a big trend and topic of discussion during NGON & DCI World at the Acropolis in Nice.
RLEC Lumos: SMBs Want Wired, Symmetrical, High-Speed Broadband
Alison Diana  
2/14/2019   9 comments
Rural service provider Lumos Networks taps ADTRAN's 10G solution to sate its Virginia SMB customers' hunger for high-speed symmetrical fiber-based broadband.
Feds Aim to Cut Rural Broadband Red Tape
Alison Diana  
2/13/2019   12 comments
In the American Broadband Initiative Milestones Report out today, 20 federal agencies pledge to simplify and accelerate the process for service providers to deliver broadband into America's countryside.
VITAS Tests AR/VR Tech on 5G Networks
Alison Diana  
2/12/2019   9 comments
VITAS Healthcare is testing AR/VR to ease hospice patients' pain, using fiber infrastructure and 5G from AT&T, according to Maria Lensing, AT&T's vice president of Global Business Healthcare.
LeoSat Plots Plans for Orbital, High-Capacity Backbone
Jeff Baumgartner  
2/12/2019   16 comments
But startup will need to finalize its satellite design, secure more funding and cut through the regulatory red tape before its vision to rival terrestrial fiber networks can (literally) get off the ground.
Spectrum Enterprise Survey Points to Better, Broadband-Powered Healthcare
Alison Diana  
2/11/2019   6 comments
A HIMSS Analytics survey, sponsored by Spectrum Enterprise, identifies five patient experience initiatives to where healthcare providers can boost the customer experience and bring in higher margins using advanced broadband networks.
Google Buries Louisville Fiber Plans
Alison’s Wonderland  
2/7/2019   54 comments
Search engine giant opts to leave Louisville, KY, rather than replace the entire network after nanotrenching technique creates nightmare experience for customers and residents.
T-Mobile Tilts Toward In-Home TV/Broadband Service Blend
Jeff Baumgartner  
2/7/2019   11 comments
Company's new, 'reimagined' pay-TV service and home wireless broadband efforts are starting out separately, but will eventually be fused into bundles.
Calix CEO: 'We're Going to Drive Over 50%'
Alison Diana  
2/6/2019   5 comments
Partner ecosystem is getting more diverse and Calix relies on broader base of service providers to sell, support and use its software- and cloud-based offerings, President and CEO Carl Russo tells analysts.
Gfast Brings High-Speed Broadband to KDDI MDU Customers
Alison Diana  
2/5/2019   6 comments
Japanese provider KDDI will use Nokia's Gfast solution to bring speeds of up to 830 Mbit/s to city dwellers.
Melita Imports Gigabit Broadband, Plume Smart Home to Italy
Alison Diana  
2/5/2019   2 comments
Subsidiary Melita Italia will use wholesaler Open Fiber's network to offer gigabit broadband and smart-home bundled services in four cities beginning this April, reaching more than 30 cities and 3,000 sales points by year-end 2021.
Shutdown an Unexpected Boon for Rural Broadband Providers?
Alison Diana  
2/5/2019   4 comments
The government shutdown did not impact CAF II funds and while it may impact the USDA's $600 million ReConnect Program, the extra time could benefit rural coops, municipalities and providers eligible for the monies, says ADTRAN's Gary Bolton.
Metro Transport Is Overrunning Access
Daniel Grossman  
2/4/2019   4 comments
The boundary between the two market segments is blurring, most apparently in cable, where DAA and fiber-deep are reshaping the access network.
Net Neutrality Advocates Predict Victory
Alison Diana  
2/1/2019   5 comments
Mozilla COO Denelle Dixon and petitioners start oral arguments in the D.C. Circuit Court on Feb. 1, and expect the diversity of laws cited to play a big role in the court's ruling.
Fiber Kicks Super Bowl Communications Out of the Stadium
Alison Diana  
2/1/2019   8 comments
Like Tom Brady, mobile gets most of the spotlight during the Super Bowl ramp-up. But don't underestimate the role of fiber optic cable, working steadily in the background to ensure the quarterback can make a touchdown.
Charter's Stock Pops As 2019 Cable Capex is Poised to Plummet
Jeff Baumgartner  
1/31/2019   13 comments
In wake of its DOCSIS 3.1 upgrade completion and lower spending on set-tops and other CPE, Charter expects cable capex to fall to $7 billion in 2019, almost $2 billion less than what it spent in 2018.
Tonga Cable Outage Cuts Deep for Polynesian Kingdom
Alison Diana  
1/30/2019   23 comments
Ten days after an Internet outage hit Tonga, the island nation continues to rely on a satellite provider as Tonga Cable determines how to repair two cuts to its fiber-optic submarine cable.
Arvig Takes On Many Roles in Competitive Broadband Arena
Alison Diana  
1/29/2019   10 comments
Ben Wiechman, who heads network strategy at tier-three operator Arvig, delivers fiber-based gigabit services to enterprise customers, and uses a mix of fixed technologies to provide rural subscribers with high-speed connectivity.
CES 2019: Three Big Trends, One Silent Star
Fiber Broadband Association  
1/28/2019   57 comments
In this month's blog, Fiber Broadband Association President and CEO Lisa Youngers shares the one common thread holding together all CES and 5G technologies – from smart toilets and baby monitors to next-gen communications solutions and AI.
Sky to Twinkle With Small Satellites-Powering Broadband
Alison Diana  
1/25/2019   14 comments
Up in the moonlit sky, entrepreneurs hope we soon will gaze upon thousands of inexpensive networked small satellites, meeting the needs of IoT, data collection, rural broadband and the armed forces.
Open Fiber Inks Nokia Deal to Close Digital Divide
Alison Diana  
1/24/2019   7 comments
Under agreement signed today, Nokia will provide fiber-based GPON products and services to Italian wholesaler for deployment of Gigabit Society broadband access network in rural regions.
ADTRAN's 2018 Earnings Set Up Strong Year
Alison Diana  
1/24/2019   2 comments
After posting year-end and fourth-quarter earnings, ADTRAN kicks off 2019 with strong demand across its product line, including Gfast, EPON, DOCSIS and fiber technologies, and continued work in NG-PON2 with Verizon.
Broadband Roads Lead to 5G Convergence
Alison Diana  
1/22/2019   8 comments
Wireless Broadband Alliance and Next Generation Mobile Alliance teamed up to ensure WiFi 6 and 5G converge in 3GPP specs.
Broadband Forum 2019: Focused on Services
Alison Diana  
1/17/2019   16 comments
The industry organization's major initiatives will address broadband differentiation based on quality of experience, global test labs for services, 5G, multi-access strategies and more, say CEO Robin Mersh and CMO Geoff Burke in an interview with BBWN.
Why Did FCC Kill NTIA's Broadband Map?
Alison’s Wonderland  
1/16/2019   5 comments
After NTIA asked for public comments on map improvements in October 2018, the FCC decommissioned the agency's broadband map in early December but did not say whether it will use any of the public's great ideas on its own (largely panned) map.
AT&T's Zeto: Smart Cities Are Built on Platforms
Alison Diana  
1/15/2019   50 comments
Mike Zeto, GM of AT&T's Smart Cities division, expects metro areas to adopt platforms to manage multi-departmental IoT solutions once internal processes are aligned and more agencies are involved in smart city applications.
BearingPoint Exec: 'CSPs, Don't Miss Out on Digital Transformation'
Alison Diana  
1/14/2019   6 comments
Angus Ward, CEO of Digital Platform Solutions at tech and management consulting firm BearingPoint, shares his thoughts on the opportunities, hurdles and strategies CSPs face in the year ahead.
Spain's Euskaltel Unveils Expansion Plans
Ray Le Maistre  
1/11/2019   2 comments
Regional operator is breaking into five new markets and ultimately targets 10 million homes passed across Spain.
Prysmian Group Ties Ribbon Around US-Made 6912 Fiber MassLink Cable
Alison Diana  
1/10/2019   13 comments
Fiber optic cable vendor Prysmian Group is now shipping its FlexRibbon Technology-based, US-sourced and made 6912 fiber MassLink Cable to service providers seeking densification for 5G or solutions for filled ducts.
Net Neutrality: It's Not Dead Yet
Alison’s Wonderland  
1/9/2019   23 comments
The case of Mozilla v. FCC is slated to begin in the D.C. Circuit Court on Feb. 1, marking what's expected to be the beginning of a protracted legal battle that may continue well into the 2020 presidential race.
Fixed Broadband Is Common Thread Between 4K, 8K TVs
Alison Diana  
1/7/2019   21 comments
This year will see the arrival of 8K television sets in the US. Whether your TV is 4K or 8K, both demand fiber fixed-broadband networks to get maximum performance.
The Oracles From Oracle Communications: 2019 Predictions
Alison Diana  
1/4/2019   25 comments
In a brief Q&A, Mayank Choudhary, director of Global Product Marketing for Oracle Communications looks into 2019's anticipated trends.
Ovum: 4 Broadband Trends for 2019
Alison Diana  
1/3/2019   29 comments
Julie Kunstler, principal analyst at Ovum, shares some of the major broadband trends she expects in the new year.
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